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Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee Free Demo on Nintendo eShop

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Nintendo has released a free demo of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! It’s available now to download from the Nintendo eShop, and can be downloaded directly to your Switch from the website.

The demo version is limited to Viridian Forest, the first Pokémon catching area in the game. The demo randomly gives you either Pikachu or Eevee to start. From there you’re free to try out trainer battles and the new motion control catching. Unfortunately should you choose to purchase the full game, any progress you make in the demo will not be carried over.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee are triumphant 3D remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue (read our review). Huge overhauls have been made to the classic Pokémon formula, including seeing Pokémon in the wild, catching them via Pokémon GO-style pokéball throwing, and being able to swap Pokémon on the fly.

The Switch games also support Pokémon GO. After reaching a certain point in the adventure, you can send any Pokémon caught in the mobile game over to Let’s Go. It also supports kid-friendly two player simultaneous co-op, making it the best Pokémon game for families.

We were proud to name Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Pixelkin’s Game of the Year in 2018. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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Mario Maker, Zelda, Star Fox Coming to Nintendo Selects

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Three classic Nintendo 3DS games are joining the Nintendo Selects discount program: Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D. All three games will be available for $19.99 and sport the Nintendo Selects packaging starting Feb. 4.

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is the portable version of the Wii U hit that lets you make your own Super Mario levels. The editor includes four distinctive eras and dozens of items and special effects to create an infinite and endlessly replayable list of 2D levels. The 3DS version includes touch screen controls and 100 pre-assembled courses in the Super Mario Challenge. It’s rated E for Everyone.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is a 3D remaster of the 2000 classic sequel to Ocarina of Time. Link must race to save the city of Termina from destruction at the end of a crashing moon, using time-travel to help people, solve quests, and explore dungeons. It’s rated E10+.

Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the 1997 Star Fox game for the Nintendo 64. Control Fox McCloud’s Arwing starship as you blast your way through the planets of the Lylat system and square off against the evil Dr. Andross. The 3DS version includes the original 64 Mode and a new 3DS Mode which includes improved balancing and objectives. A more difficult Expert mode can also be unlocked as you play. Star Fox 64 3D is rated E10+.

Nintendo Selects is an excellent way to pick up great first party Nintendo games for cheap, though currently there are no Switch games in the program. Other Nintendo Selects games include Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Bounces Onto Switch

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Nintendo’s premiere Mario 2D sidescroller on Wii U has been re-released with new content on the Switch. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is available now. And arriving on Nintendo 3DS is another Mario remaster: Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.

“After a strong 2018, both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS add to their large and diverse libraries with two solid games starring Mario and friends,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo is giving fans on both platforms good options to kick off their entertainment in 2019.”

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe includes the original New Super Mario Bros. U and its more challenging sequel, New Super Luigi U, for a total of 164 levels.

Both games feature up to four player simultaneous local co-op. Players can choose between Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and newcomers Nabbit and Toadette. Both Nabbit and Toadette are geared for younger gamers, offering an assist mode. Nabbit is un-phased by enemies and earns extra lives, while Toadette can turn into Peachette, letting her double jump, float, and bounce up from pitfalls.

Note that you’ll need additional controllers to play with three or four players.

The recently arrived Nintendo 3DS version of 2009’s Bower’s Inside Story features revamped graphics and gameplay. The new mode, Bowser’s Jr.’s Journey, puts Bowser’s kid in the limelight as he gathers an army and wrecks havoc. Bowser’s Inside Story is fully compatible with the Nintendo 2DS and 2DS XL.

Both games are rated E for Everyone.